TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan: The Office of the Civil Defense (OCD)-Region 2 in this city said communication lines in Batanes province were cut off after Typhoon Ferdie (international codename: Meranti) directly hit the province early Wednesday, paralyzing its operations to respond to emergencies.

OCD-Region 2 chief Norma Talosig said they could not yet determine the extent of the damage brought by the typhoon as Batanes is experiencing communication problems in the hardest-hit towns of Basco, Mahatao and Itbayat.

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